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    1. Nearly Half of Infants Have Flat Spots on Heads

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Putting babies on their backs to sleep has sharply cut the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but it has also left nearly half of infants with a flattened heads, a new Canadian study estimates. Researchers found that 47 pe

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    2. Quicker Infant Growth Tied to Higher IQ Later

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who gained weight and head circumference more rapidly during the first month of life scored slightly higher on intelligence tests when they were 6 years old, according to a large new study. But a baby's early rate of grow

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    3. A Little Formula Might Help Breast-Feeding for Some Babies

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- Giving small amounts of infant formula to newborns who experience significant weight loss can increase the length of time that they are breast-fed, according to a new study. New mothers do not immediately produce high volumes of

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    4. Treatment May Prevent Wheezing in Pre-Term Babies

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Many pre-term babies suffer recurrent episodes of wheezing. Now, researchers say a common infection is a likely culprit and they may be able to prevent the breathing problems. Wheezing episodes in late pre-term babies often are

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    5. Very Preterm Babies & Disability: Encouraging News

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature infants are more likely to have mental and physical disabilities than full-term infants, but rates of such disabilities aren't rising, new research says. The study included almost 500 children in Sweden who

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    6. Babies Born Even Slightly Early May Lag Behind

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- Many women choose to have labor induced or to have an elective Cesarean delivery before the full term of their pregnancy is up, but a new study suggests their child's development may suffer if they are born even a little ear

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    7. 4 in 10 Babies Given Solid Foods Too Early: Study

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Child development experts advise parents not to introduce solid foods, such as baby cereal, into an infant's diet until the infant is at least 4 to 6 months old. However, new research suggests that about 40 percent of parents a

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    8. Birth Rate in 2011 Lowest Ever Reported in U.S.

      Feb. 11, 2013 -- The U.S. birth rate in 2011 was the lowest rate ever reported for the United States, a new study shows. The rate, which is live births per 1,000 women, dropped from 13.0 in 2010 to 12.7 in 2011. In 1950, the rate was 24.1. Overall, there were 1% fewer children born in the U.S. in 20

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    9. The Importance of Well-Baby Visits

      In your baby's first year, every month brings changes: tiny smiles, budding teeth, and eventually, crawling and walking. During well-baby visits, your pediatrician will check for proper growth and development and answer your questions about eating, sleeping, and vaccinations. The first exam should b

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    10. Depressed Dads Affect Their Kids Even Before Born

      Jan. 7, 2013 -- Children whose dads were depressed during the pregnancy are more likely to exhibit emotional and behavioral problems at age 3, new research suggests. The finding comes from an ongoing study of more than 30,000 Norwegian children. When their mothers were nearly halfway through their p

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